[mythtv-users] ITV HD and Freesat

James Buckley xanium4332 at googlemail.com
Mon May 12 19:56:33 UTC 2008

I don't think Freesat are purposly preventing sky costomers from accessing
it, it's more like the standard sky box isn't up to it. BBC HD is watchable
of Sky HD boxes. However, h.222 does seem weird. I'd wait till it's formally
released before coming to any conclusions.

With the EPG, summary of talk on the -dev list:
EPG is standard DVB format, just using different PID values (not a problem
to change in myth)
The transmission is also compressed, although the compression is unknown
atm, it's probably zlib 3(from digitalspy's forums).


2008/5/12 Charles Mason <charlie.mas at gmail.com>:

> Since Freesat has recently launched in the UK, ITV has said that ITV
> HD will be exclusive to Freesat. However Freesat doesn't support
> encryption, so it will have to be transmitted Free To Air. The way
> they are stopping Sky and other Set Top Boxes from accessing it is by
> using an unusual format for transmitting it inside the DVB-S stream,
> which Sky and most FTA boxes don't support but must be part of the
> Freesat Spec.
> The Test Transmission of ITV HD has successfully been picked up by
> someone using a PC and Software to decode it. Apparently its
> transmitted as an H.222 data stream. Something nearly everyone seems
> not too have herd of.
> http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?p=23341148#post23341148
> Doing a quick google for H.222 and FFMPEG (the lib MythTV uses) there
> are some references to it. So I was wondering if it is possible to
> view the ITV HD test transmission with MythTV. I currently don't have
> a Myth TV DVB-S system yet although I am thinking of adding DVB-S to
> my Myth TV box. Two HD channels would be a big incentive in addition
> to Freeview (UK DVB-T), which is all my backend currently has access
> to. Has anyone else tried to access ITV HD via MythTV.
> Also does anyone know if anyone is currently working on adding support
> for the new Freesat EPG. Its a Free to Air 7 day EPG which would make
> an alternative to the Radio Times data. Myth TV can already use the
> Freeview (DVB-T) equivalent EPG.
> Charlie M
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